One of the wonders of modern medicine is that for the most part you and I don’t have to deal with leprosy. It’s good to be thankful for those things I guess. But that doesn’t mean we don’t know sickness or suffering does it?
In fact it just seems like we are being inundated with so much sickness and suffering in our lives anymore. So many of us, so many members of our Parish, our loved ones are all going through a lot.
Sicknesses of every possible sort, cancer, hospital stays, stuff not getting better, mental illness, the soul crushing awfulness that can weigh so heavy on our minds and hearts. Jesus help us. And He does, even when it isn’t how we’d like, or even when we’d rather just give up hope.
So, we are gonna do something. In two weeks, on the weekend of October 26/27th, on the eve of the Feast of St Jude, patron of desperate causes and hopeless situations, we are going to have a Parish Day of Prayer for the Sick. At our Masses that weekend we will beg for the intercession of the saints to help us - Mary, Undoer of Knots for all our messes, St. Jude, St. Peregrine for Cancer, Saint Dymphna for anxiety and mental illness, Saint Andre Bessette and Saint Joseph for those taking care of the sick.
At the end of Masses that weekend we will have the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, for all of us in need of it - in need of healing in body, mind or spirit. We gotta ask Jesus for His healing - we all need it so desperately.
Let’s start preparing for it. Invite your family and friends. Let’s open ourselves up to Jesus. Let’s turn it all over to Him. God help us all. +